Newsletter 7 September 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back! We hope you all had an enjoyable summer break – it was certainly a sunny one!

It has been lovely to see all the children again, and, as always, it’s surprising to see how much they have all grown. Children’s behaviour this week has been fantastic and they are settling well into their new classes.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be having several exciting trips and visits to start the children’s new topics. Next week there will be a falconry display for Year 3 on Monday and on Friday Year 4 are visiting Reculver. On Thursday we have a very exciting day as we are hosting a visit from Fix Up – an organisation that works with schools and children to boost self-esteem, confidence and resilience. As well as a whole-school assembly and workshops for Years 5 and 6, they are also offering a drop-in parents’ session in the afternoon from 2.45-3.15. Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there.

Thank you to those of you who have attended ‘Meet the Teacher’ coffee mornings so far. Next week we will hold them for the remaining year groups and hope you can come along.

We have had some feedback from parents and carers about drop-off and collection routines at the start and end of the day. I understand that it has been very crowded around both gates. We have already made a change to the end of day routine in KS2 and parents can now come into the playground at wait at the different collection points. This seems to be working well and has reduced congestion. Hopefully, next week will be even smoother but please do let me know if you have any other feedback.

Regarding the dropping off in the morning, it has been quite chaotic for our newest Year 1 children this week, who are finding the crowds and congestion overwhelming. Next week we will keep the gate open for 5 extra minutes – 8.55-9.00 – for Year 1 only. If you have a Year 1 child who is finding the start of the day tricky, you can choose to bring them in for these last 5 minutes when it is quieter. Please also help us at both times of day, by:

Keeping your little ones close to you/holding hands, during these busy times

Avoiding blocking the way with pushchairs etc – park these to the side

As soon as your child has been dropped off/collected, move back, to allow space for others

Remind your older children to enter and leave the school calmly and not rush

Thank you all for your cooperation with this.

I hope you all have a great weekend and hope to see many of you at Sunday’s Boot Fair.

Best wishes,

Miss Williams

Head Teacher

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